3D-Printed Dolls Embrace Diversity With Hearing Aids and Birthmarks

British toymaker Makies gives kids a way to play with toys that reflect a more inclusive reality.

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Childhood toys straddle a strange line between “encouraging fantasy” and “reflecting reality.” Ideally, a toy—especially an action figure or doll—should both inspire unbounded flights of imagination, while still being realistic and recognizable enough that a child playing with it can form some sort of attachment to the toy. That can be a tough needle to thread, and more often than not, toymakers count on the former trumping the latter, opting not to produce toys that accurately depict the full spectrum of shapes, colors, and physical features that kids likely see every day in their friends, family, and community.

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